Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

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Last update: Sunday 24th February
 
A debt help charity is seeing a growing number of people falling behind with fuel bills and a resurgence in the proportion of clients with high-cost credit such as payday loans. StepChange Debt Charity said the proportion of clients in arrears with council tax is also “stubbornly high”. In the first half of 2018, 13.1% of all new clients were behind on a gas or electricity bill compared with 11.4% in the first half of 2017.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 5 October 2018
 
Two out of five people have had a disagreement with their neighbour, mainly over noise, parking or barking dogs, a new study reveals. Research by the Co-op found despite rows, almost a third of people say they get on better with their neighbours than they did five years ago. Two out of three had taken in parcels for a neighbour, half are happy to keep an eye on a house and a similar number know the name of someone they live next door to.
HousingThe Sentinel - 9 October 2018
 
Young people in the UK and Ireland are among the worst in Europe for drunkenness. Despite a downward trend in underage alcohol consumption, the World Health Organization has found that 15 year old girls in the UK are the most likely to have been drunk twice out of all the countries in Europe. Boys in Eastern Europe were the only ones to drink more than those in the UK and Ireland.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsYCW – November 2018
 
The UK will beat a major tourism target two years early, VisitBritian has claimed. Forty million annual inbound visits were expected to be recorded by 2020, but a total of 40.9 million will be achieved in 2018, according to the tourism organisation. These visitors are expected to boost the economy by spending £26.3 billion.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel - 9 October 2018
 
Workers from the UK could potentially boost their salary by nearly £15,000 typically by relocating abroad, a survey has found. More than half (52%) of those moving overseas saw an increase in their salary, although a fifth (20%) took a pay cut, according to HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey. On average, expats originally from the UK can expect to see their income increase by £14,613 after moving abroad, the study found.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 11 October 2018
 
Those in the 16 to 24 age bracket are lonelier than their seniors. According to research from the BBC, 40 per cent said they often feel lonely…The study found that only one-third considered loneliness to be about not having people around them. The other two-thirds took into account factors such as having no one to talk honestly to or who understands them…Loneliness was not linked to a lack of social skills. However, those who felt the loneliest had more friends on Facebook that they did not know offline.
Young PeopleYCW – November 2018
 
An estimated 1.3 million older Britons may be putting themselves at risk by taking alternative therapies which could potentially interact with their prescribed drugs, a new study suggests. GPs should ask their patients about herbal and supplement usage to identify potential side effects, according to the authors of a small study published in the British Journey of General Practice. The most commonly used supplements were cod liver oil, glucosamine, multivitamins, and vitamin D.
HealthThe Sentinel – 25th September 2018
 
Rents have risen 60 per cent faster than wages across England since 2011; private rents have gone up by 16 per cent over that period, while wages have only increases by 10 per cent.
MoneyThe Week – 11th August 2018
 
Drivers who break down on more than 5,000 miles of Britain’s roads cannot call for help because there is no mobile phone coverage, according to a new study. Some 5,540 miles of road – 2 per cent of all roads – do not have coverage for calls from any of the UK’s four mobile networks, the RAC Foundation found. Motorists who also rely on their smartphones to access the internet for route planning could get into difficult on the 5,452 miles of road without 3G.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel – 10th September 2018
 
The number of people in work has continued to rise while average earnings have grown slightly faster than inflation, official figures show. Employment increases by 3,000 in the three months to July to 32.4 million, giving a rate of 75.5%, according to the Office for National Statistics. Workers also benefited as average earnings increased by 2.6% in the year to July, up from 2.4% the previous month.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 12st September 2018
 
British Workers missed an average of 4.1 days through sickness last year, the lowest figure ever recorded, says The Times. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) began collecting data on sick days in 1993, when the average was 7.2 days. Since 1999, the figure has declined steadily, for which reasons that are unclear.
Work/EmploymentThe Week – 11th August 2018
 
Going to church, buying a second home or using a relative’s address are some of the tactics used by parents to get their child into a good school, a report has revealed. Almost a third (30 per cent) of professional parents said they know someone who has used ethically dubious means to get their children into a good school. The Sutton Trust’s Parent Power Report draws on a YouGov survey of 1,017 parents of school-age children who were asked to how they choose schools.
EducationThe Sentinel – 13th September 2018
 
It’s quite clear that alcohol can damage the brain – but could it, in moderation, have a protective effect? That is the possibility raised by a new study of 9,000 civil servants in London, which found that those who had consumed alcohol within recommended limits in middle age were significantly less likely to develop dementia in later life than those who abstained (but heavy drinkers were at even greater risk).
HealthThe Week – 11th August 2018
 
Many popular family cars are unable to use a fuel which could be introduced to forecourts to cut carbon emissions, according to research. Some Volkswagen, Ford and Nissan vehicles are among those which are not compatible with E10 petrol, designed to be less harmful to the environment. The majority of vehicles in use today are approved to be fuelled with the petrol, but some older vehicles are not.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 28th August 2018
 
55 per cent of victims of crime in England and Wales say the justice system failed to meet their needs, and only 25 per cent felt they were properly supported after reporting incidents to the police. Two-thirds of victims were left unaware of their rights. 20 per cent said they were not referred to support services and 43 per cent were not notified of developments like a perpetrator being arrested. Victim Support / The Independent.
CrimeThe Week – 11th August 2018
 
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